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1 5/2/20151 Clean Room Protocol and Lab Etiquette Updated 3/18/14

2 5/2/20152 Clean Room Protocol The NanoLab operates as a class 100 cleanroom. Since the NanoLab is not a profit-making organization, overall yield may not be an issue. Nevertheless, defects can delay completion of projects leading to missed deadlines for submissions. All labmembers have an interest in helping maintain the standard of cleanliness required for success. Contamination Sources  The human body is the main source of contamination in a clean room. Humans are constantly shedding hair and dandruff, often spray saliva when talking and have a mixture of sweat and oils on their skin. Hair, dandruff and skin oils can lead to defects in masks. Sodium and potassium in body fluids are semiconductor poisons, which in small concentrations can drastically alter the conductivity of doped silicon. Minute traces of gold, which may rub off jewelry even in casual handling, can also poison semiconductors.  Other sources of clean room contamination are ordinary paper, cardboard, pencils, dirt off the floor and dust in the air.

3 5/2/20153 Lab Etiquette (cont’d) Gowning up: Follow the correct sequence to gown up by first putting on the bouffant cap, followed by the bunny suit and then the white shoe covers over the blue booties (which you have already put on at the lab entrance.) This sequence is reversed when removing these attire to minimize particles from falling from your hair and skin onto these pieces. Wear the bouffant cap as it is meant to be worn: all hair needs to be covered and/or tucked in. If your bunny suit gets torn or ripped, get a replacement the next time you are in the lobby as particles from your closing and skin can find their way out, through the torn area of the bunny suit, into the lab environment and clean surfaces. If your white Tyvek shoe covers bottoms are encrusted with dirt, then it’s time for a change. The same goes for the blue shoe covers which are put on first. The bunny suits need to be zipped all the way up, not partially. If you are wearing a sweatshirt with a hoodie, keep the hood tucked inside the suit.

4 5/2/20154 How Not to Gown-Up

5 5/2/20155 Properly Gowned

6 5/2/20156 Control Measures The NanoLab provides caps, coveralls and boot covers to labmembers. We encourage labmembers to change regularly, since once cover gear tears it generates particles.  The NanoLab provides nitrile gloves (blue colored) to lab members. These gloves are available in bins located by the door to the lab. You must wear them at all times in the lab for the protection of lab surfaces from contamination of oils and salts on your hands. Keep your gloves clean; do not touch your face with them. If you do, change your gloves. Also change your gloves after handling your cell phone (glove exchange station on each floor).  The NanoLab also provides polyethylene gloves (opaque). These gloves are available in strategic locations throughout the NanoLab, in baskets. Use them to control contamination. Put on a fresh pair of these gloves over the surgical gloves each time you handle any contamination–sensitive equipment or materials. Example: The loading of an evaporation boat or e-beam crucible or when handling cassettes and handles at the wetsinks.  Labmembers may check out notebooks made with special clean room paper. Store your notebook in a ziploc bag when you take it out of the NanoLab. Always write your name on the cover page of your notebook; if you misplace it, it can be returned. You may also use ballpoint pens, laptop computers and tablets inside the NanoLab. Cardboard and pencils, however, are not allowed.

7 5/2/20157 Disposing of Sharp Objects

8 5/2/20158 At the wetsinks No acid left behind! Acid and water look alike, so be sure to use the techni-cloths provided in the holders in each room to wipe up and dry down the work surfaces. *Dilute the puddle or spill with DI water, using the sink deck hose first, then wipe it up. Empty chemical bottles left on the floor surrounding the sink area(s) poses a safety hazard. “If you empty a bottle, rinse it.” Bottles that have been emptied are to be taken into Rm. 582A to be rinsed and properly disposed; specifically by being given a thorough rinse in the bottlewash then the label X-ed out with a marking pen to indicate the bottle has been rinsed, then disposed into the giant blue bin for glass or plastic located near the sink. Check out your own pair of chemical-resistant gloves from the office as there is really no way for you to know what the other person had on their (nitrile-gloved) hands before putting on the pair of chemical-gloves that you may have found on a tabletop which may be contaminated with chemicals. Lab Etiquette (cont’d)

9 5/2/20159 How to Properly Carry Bottles

10 5/2/ How to dispose empty chemical bottles

11 5/2/ Lab Etiquette (cont’d) In the yellow photolithography Bay 382: Always clean the manual photoresist spinner after each use and re-line it with clean foil. Dispose of the foil afterwards in the vented PR trash can at the sink area. Photoresist drips on the countertop or floor should be promptly wiped up with a techni-cloth then disposed into the above can. Small amount of acetone from the squeeze bottle at the sink may be needed to thoroughly clean up all traces of photoresist from a surface. Photoresist dropper bottles that you are finished with are to be placed into the “PR Dropper Bottle” collection container which is at the rear of the msink3 deck in that bay. The organic waste bottles (for and photoresist + acetone waste) in the recessed area of msink3 should never be filled to overflowing - when the waste is at the shoulder level of the bottle it is time for a bottle swap. Follow the posted instructions at the sink. Glass slides, syringes and other small sharp objects are to be disposed in the “sharps” container; there is one in each working area.

12 5/2/ Wipe up PR

13 5/2/ Organic Waste Manifest

14 5/2/ How to dispose of sharp objects

15 5/2/ Lab Etiquette (cont’d) General hygiene, i.e lab manners: Everybody needs to sneeze at some point, so be sure to sneeze away from your wafers and lab equipment (use the classic elbow rule.) If you do happen to sneeze into your gloves, please change them at once. The techni-cloths provided in each room also serve as the lab Kleenex, so please toss used ones into the trash rather than leaving them scattered on work surfaces. The same goes for used foam ear plugs: if they are no longer in your ears, they belong in the trash. Chemical bottles that have been opened cannot be returned to the chemical storage cabinets located throught the plastic curtains off Rm. 582A; there are chemical storage bins for opened bottles throughout the NanoLab underneath each sink.

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17 5/2/ Cell Phone Usage in the lab


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